Subject: Industry News

  • Phillip Henderson, President, Surdna Foundation

    Phillip Henderson was only 38 when he took the helm at the Surdna Foundation seven years ago, becoming Surdna’s second director in what he calls its “modern era.” Henderson came to the family foundation from a career that had been focused on international philanthropy, but he applied many of the lessons he learned fostering civic engagement in post-Communist Europe to Surdna’s domestic grantmaking. Henderson sat down with Shelterforce to talk about aligning program with mission, cross-pollination between programs, and Surdna’s recent launch into the impact investing world. more

  • Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation

    We first met Darren Walker about 15 years ago while planning an issue on faith-based development. Darren was the chief operating officer of the Abyssinian Development Corporation, the storied community development arm of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City. We asked Darren to write an article that was not simply a cheerleader’s promotion of church-based CDCs, but a realistic assessment of the benefits and challenges to an institution embarking on that path.

    Darren was optimistic and enthusiastic about the work he was doing at Abyssinian creating hundreds of units of affordable housing in Harlem. But he was pragmatic and realistic also. His article encouraged organizations to temper the enthusiasm necessary to even consider this work with a realistic analysis of an organization’s capacities and a clear-eyed examination of their assumptions about the rewards of creating a CDC.

    Darren approached his work enthusiastically, I think, because he had visceral understanding of the challenges low-income folks had and the opportunities that were available to them with the right help. The kind of help that the stability of an affordable home could provide. His understanding came from personal experience that would inform his work wherever it took him, from law school to international finance, from a storefront afterschool program and Abyssinian to the Rockefeller and Ford foundations.

    When we sat down with Darren on March 18 to conduct this interview, we were glad to see that enthusiasm, optimism, and pragmatism were as strong as ever as he starts his leadership of one of the world’s largest foundations.  more

  • Terrence R. Duvernay Award Call for Nominations

    Recognized as a pinnacle for any career in the affordable housing and community development industry, the Terrence R. Duvernay Award commemorates the lifelong commitment of this past Executive Director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).  more

  • Lynn Ross joins HUD

    Lynn Ross has joined the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as its deputy assistant secretary for policy development. more

  • Jessica Vasquez joins Corporation for National and Community Service

    Jessica Vasquez, executive director of the Neighborhood Preservation Coalition of NY State, will be leaving NPCNYS to become state program director for the Corporation for National and Community Service. more

  • Jill Feldstein Joins New Penn Center for Community Health Works

    Jill Feldstein is now director of the Penn Center for Community Health Workers, a new center at Penn Medicine dedicated to improving health outcomes among low-income individuals by providing personal, community-based support. more

  • George W. McCarthy Named President of Lincoln Institute

    On July 1, George McCarthy will become the 5th president of the Lincoln Institute, succeeding Gregory Ingram. more

  • Two Enterprise Executives Finalists for Industry Awards

    Lori Chatman, president of Enterprise Community Loan Fund, has been named a finalist for Executive of the Year by the American Business Awards. Chatman’s award comes on the heels of that of her colleague Charles Werhane, president and CEO of Enterprise Community Investment, Inc., who has been named a finalist in the Ernst & Young EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 award in the Maryland Region.  more

  • Geoffrey Canada to Leave Harlem Children’s Zone

    Geoffrey Cananda will step down from his role as chief executive of the Harlem Children’s Zone in June, the New York Times reported. more

  • Cristina Jimenez Recognized in Forbes

    Cristina Jimenez, managing director of United We Dream, was recognized in Forbes Magazine as one of the top 30 law and policy influencers under 30.  more